Posted by Eddie Bejarano on December 07, 2015 in Blog
In the aftermath of the tragic terrorist attacks in Paris, France, Congress has introduced, and in some cases voted on, several important bills regarding Syrian refugees, the Visa Waiver Program (VWP) and U.S. national security. The most significant bills are H.R.4038, the American Security Against Foreign Enemies (SAFE) Act of 2015, H.R.158, Visa Waiver Program Improvement Act of 2015, S.2300, the American Security against Foreign Enemies (SAFE) Act of 2015, a bill identical to H.R.4038, and S. 2337, the Visa Waiver Program Security Enhancement Act. These 4 bills...Read more
Posted on December 03, 2015 in Countdown
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Posted by Rawan Elbaba on November 20, 2015 in Blog
In the wake of last week’s terror attacks in Paris, refugees have received increased backlash across Europe and the United States. More than two dozen Republican governors and one Democratic governor, including presidential candidates, have announced that they will not be resettling Syrian refugees in their states. Their announcements have limited direct impact, however, since there is no lawful means to refuse legally accepted foreign refugees. It’s ridiculous and baffling that refugees are being blamed for attacks carried out by the same people they were were escaping from in the first...Read more
Posted by Nadia Aziz on November 12, 2015 in Blog
Media attention surrounding the Syrian refugee crisis has largely focused on the debate and demand for the United States to increase its admittance numbers of Syrian refugees. With less than 1 percent of the refugees admitted to the U.S. since 2011 being Syrian, it is a worthy discussion.
Despite this being the worst humanitarian disaster of our time, part of the problem in taking in more Syrian refugees has been that a small group of members of Congress have attempted to frame this dire humanitarian crisis as a national security concern. These...Read more
Posted by Kristin Mccarthy on October 16, 2015 in Blog
The Arab American Institute will convene a 3-day summit in Dearborn, Michigan October 23-25 bringing together Arab American leaders from across the country. This quadrennial summit is held ahead of Presidential election years to provide a forum for presidential candidates to address and hear from the Arab American community, and for our community’s leaders to outline the Arab American platform.
In the iconic cultural center of the Arab American community, organizers, political activists, students, policy experts, and academic leaders will meet to advance the national dialogue on the domestic and foreign policy priorities particularly affecting Arab Americans.
Over the course...Read more
Posted by Eddie Bejarano on October 07, 2015 in Blog
“They trying to make me force this dude into saying something to support terrorism,” stated Saeed Sharif Torres, a former undercover FBI informant and star of the new film, (T)ERROR, which played at the Investigative Film Festival & Symposium in Washington, DC on October 2nd, 2015. This documentary film, which won an award at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year, provided viewers with a rare inside view into one of the highly controversial counterterrorism tactics employed by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) to enhance our national...Read more
Posted by Rawan Elbaba on October 01, 2015 in Blog
Posted by Kristin Mccarthy on August 04, 2015 in Blog
There has been no shortage of news scoops on the Transportation Security Administration's (TSA) embarrassments. Whether failing to catch arms smugglers, being caught in a scheme to sexually harass travelers during the screening process, or allowing a small child to fly without a ticket, the TSA is decidedly under fire. Newly appointed TSA Administrator Peter Neffenger appeared before the House Committee on Homeland Security last week to answer some tough questions. The Committee pressed Neffenger...Read more